Hello & welcome to the 2008 Virtual Holiday Home Tour! It's hosted by Tracey @ Notes from a Cottage Industry . I am soo excited about this blog party! Last year, I didn't have a blog so I couldn't share pics of my holiday decor but I enjoyed seeing all of your's! I can't wait...this is going to be so much fun!
This arrangement is on my coffee table. It was last year, as well, although I've made a few additions this year. And I went thrifting yesterday & scored a new/old tree topper. I've already added it to the others but I didn't retake the pic.
Since I've taken this picture, I have FINALLY painted my birdcage stand. Seeing this pic shamed me into it. Although I'm too lazy to actually retake the picture. *grins*
When I bought the buffet, it was in very rough shape & missing a couple of drawers. I gave it several coats of olive green paint (the stain kept bleeding through!), distressed it, glazed it & hung lace-edged napkins, in the openings for the drawers.
I'm not real pleased w/ this vignette but I'm tired of messing w/ it so this is the way it will stay. I say that knowing I will go nuts if I don't fix it. ;o)
My little aluminum tree. I hang chandelier prisms on it but they don't show up very well. I need to add some tiny vintagey ornaments to it, I think. Love the vintage beaded tree skirt!
Now you can see the prisms! Love the glass birds even if they aren't vintage.
I stole this idea from Marietta @ Sweet Old Vintage. It's a paper nativity under glass (in this case it's a cheese dome LOL) . I also got the image from her...all I had to do was print it out & spend an hour cutting them out. It's too sweet! I just love it! I am giving my mother my old nativity. It's beautiful, old, Italian & it has many pieces but this one is much more me.
I added a few, miniature brush trees for interest. I had to put a little bit of double-stick tape on the tabs of the nativity pieces, to help secure them, but the tape doesn't show.
This is an awful shot of my mantel. I had taken a previous shot & it looked great but then I decided to bleach my green brush trees. The bleach didn't have any effect on them (I tried pouring boiling water on them to soften them like someone suggested on their blog but it just melted them...good thing I have extra trees!), so I sprayed painted them white. Didn't like that so I flocked them & I still wasn't feeling them so I hit them hard w/ some glitter. Glitter is a cure-all for just about everything! ;o) Anyway, by the time the trees were done, it was a stormy day, so the lighting sucks.
I actually didn't change much from fall to Christmas on this mantel. I exchanged the birdcage for the glittered church, the pumpkins for ornaments & added the glittered trees, a few reindeer & some bead garland.
Oh! I also exchanged my slender apothecary jars for Dept 56 snowbabies & tiny glittered trees, on a bed of vintage tinsel, under another cheese dome. Say that 10 times real fast!!!!
My Gizzy's stocking....made out of a vintage chenille bedspread. The chi's stockings are just like his.... only their picture is not as cute. ;o) What can I say...it ain't no secret who my favorite is!
The big crystal orbs you see at the base of the snow angel are my glass stopper collection.
It's a wonder that the shelves, in this china cabinet, haven't collapsed under the weight of all the dishes! And that's not even a small fraction, of what I have.
I've used the apothecary jars to showcase an angel collection. (I'll share more pics of it in a post tomorrow). A few pieces of red & white toile dishes, add to the Christmas flair.
Love my little chalkboard Santa Chef! I should have taken a photo from another angle so that you could see the sled, my oils & vinegars are sitting on. Christmas isn't complete w/out ribbon candy! I sometimes use it as placecards. Since I've taken this pic, I've added more jars of Christmas candy.
A couple of ornaments & some greenery stuck in the head vases & this area is Christmas'fied.